Ed Forchion, known as NJ Weedman, will be re-tried on drug distribution charges in September - if his motion for acquittal fails.
Earlier this month, a jury deadlocked 7-5 on the charge after he argued that the pound of marijuana that police found in his car trunk was strictly for his own use. His doctor testified the former Pemberton man has bone tumors caused by giant cell cancer. After having one tumor removed in his leg, a tumor recurred and another appeared in his shoulder, the doctor said.
After the trial, the prosecutor told the judge he will re-try the case. At that time, Forchion asked for a speedy trial, and was given a court date of May 22. But Don Ackerman, a public defender who assisted in his defense, has since convinced him to hold off until a motion for acquittal can be heard.
The motion is scheduled for Aug. 14. "I think all charges will be dropped," Forchion said in a text message.